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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Suzanne happens to be the product of an affair and her mother decides Suzanne has to make up for those sins.

As well, her parents and step-sisters are concerned about fa “It was then that I felt the superiority of the Christian faith over all the other religions of the world; what profound wisdom there was in what blind philosophy calls the folly of the cross. As well, her parents and step-sisters are concerned about family finances as the sisters are in need of dowries.

It’s decided that to save on costs, Suzanne will enter a convent. There she is subjected to both love and hatred as well as the unwelcome advances of a lecherous Mother Superior. Some of Diderot’s writing is lyrical, even poetic.

For example, “A novice-mistress is always the most indulgent sister who can be found. Her object is to hide from you all the thorns momaca the vocation, she diferot you to a course to the most carefully calculated seduction. Her function is to darken still more the shades of night which surround you, to lull you into slumber, to throw dust in your eyes, to fascinate you, and ours paid special attention to me.

The introduction gives us insight into his treatment of it in the book. Few had treated it objectively and still fewer with any attempt at sympathy or understanding.

You may be able to tell that Diderot isn’t a fan of the church.

In fact he was considered to monaaca an atheist. His views on religion may have had something to do with the death of his sister. She was a nun and apparently passed away from being overworked in a convent. I found this story extremely boring despite being less than pages long. Suzanne is always suffering at the hands of someone. If it isn’t her mother than it’s her convent. I found it difficult to believe that for most of her stay at the second convent that she would be singled out and harassed.

She’s thrown in a dieerot and her fellow nuns steal from her in order to keep her in the convent. Suzanne didn’t seem important enough for people to waste their time on her and I also found it frustrating that she skips over various parts of her life in the convent that might have actually been interesting.


For example, she tells the reader she won’t go into details about her novitiate and yet says that it is the pleasantest period of monastic life. The book makes more sense when you understand that it wasn’t originally intended for public consumption. It was a practical joke to lure one of Diderot’s friends, the Marquise de Croismare, back to Paris. The novel is told in a series of letters as if it were a true story. Diderot hoped the Marquise would feel so bad for Suzanne that he would come back to the city and rescue her.

As well the nature of Suzanne’s harassment was somewhat sadistic. At times it seemed as if Diderot was almost enjoying describing her torture at the hands of other nuns. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The whole novel is of epistolar nature, since Suzanne writes this to a Marquis. Well, imagine Jane Eyre, but actually worse. Imagine Jane Eyre in a anti-Catholic propaganda setting, where she’s forced to be a nun, but she is also a rebellious, innocent little creature.

Imagine a little gothic flavor and good prose, but a lame excuse for sending someone to a convent. Imagine something even worse than Jane Eyre’s situation, since I loved the book. Every nun and priest says “Well, The whole novel is of epistolar nature, since Suzanne writes this to a Marquis. Every nun and priest says “Well, we know this is unjust and that you don’t have a vocation but, if you resign to your parents’ will you will have a little pension live off, until the day you die.

Imagine horribly bad parents. Imagine a mother who, having had a girl out of wedlock, condemns all her faults and frustration on her daughter.

Manzoni e Diderot: la Monaca di Monza e la Religieuse; saggio critico

As if this sounded one bit Catholic in the least. Of course, there’s references to the situation dideot the moment, such as the conflicts with the Jansenists, Jesuits, and other things from which she tries to stay at the margins. For the record, she was called Suzanne. I think the names Diderot oa are not innocently diiderot to the nuns. To make her oppression less severe she’d study the rules she’d have accepted, so that her experience in the second convent wouldn’t be so painful when the benevolent Mother Superior left.

Because of this she’s chastised, and more so because of the destiny of some papers where she denounces the things that happen at the convent.

A big discussion with the Mother Superior follows, and then the later says she’s possessed. Dideroy new punishment follows as a result, and it’s even worse than the preceeding one, since all the other nuns are cruel to her because she’s believed to be an apostate. She’s denied things on purpose, treated inhumanely as a priest aims to verify whether she’s really possessed, and the other nuns do things against her.

La Monaca by Denis Diderot (2 star ratings)

An archdeacon discovers all monava this and justice is made once, at least once in this book. It won’t last much because most, almost all of the other nuns and her parents are evil, and the legal case of hers to renounce to her vows, even renouncing to the wealth given to her by a testament, will fail.


So, more punishments come. Homoerotic love with the only nun who isn’t cruel to her seems to be the answer. Her lawyer will still try to save her by sending dierot to pa convent. The image of the new Mother Superior is even more hopeless than the preceeding ones. Sadic, unpredictable and homosexual. And what’s worse is that, like some of the worst best-sellers of today, the protagonist is completely oblivious to the irregular nature of such acts.

Wasn’t she the smartest, the most beautiful, the only one who dared to raise her voice because she knew her books? The one who read the Mmonaca even when they had previously punished her for that? And she passively accepts all of the degeneracy, because that’s how life is. Everyone is jealous of her.

It seems as if Sr. Suzanne were the only illuminated person in the room. We also have some slight soap opera, concerning l jealousy of Therese, because Suzanne is the new favorite of the Mother Diderlt. With a dose of polyamory. Sex scenes I’d rather skip commenting on for my own good.

Obviously, even though Sr. Suzanne is half naked she’s all oblivious and when asked with natural accents about sins of the flesh, she proves herself innocent. She has commited all sort of sacrileges through the whole book, but oh, that doesn’t seem to matter really. And of course she will always blame herself for all sorts of sexual advances she receives. I believe, anyway, that if I were asked to revise this novel through a postmodern lens, I would be persuaded to ignore the offensive aspects, religiously speaking, and probably complain at the rape culture promoting, the lesbophobia and misogyny that is present in the treatment of women as jealous, narcissistic, competitive hungry women.

At least her confessor is the only good character. Most notably, all men are portrayed in a better light than women, except for Suzanne’s adoptive and biological father, respectively. Her spiritual director, Father Lemoine is the only good character that aims to save her from mortal sin. Perhaps the only character to whom she should’ve trusted her story.

Certainly, the scene of confession and the means of persuasion he uses to convince her to go to the right path, are clear even though the discourse is mostly paraphrased. After this, there is a discussion between the two women where the starring character emphasizes her innocence and breaks the secret of confession by telling her superior what the priest told her. Obviously, the Mother Superior just dismisses everything and says she will try to get rid of the priest. In fact, her way of manipulating the discourse is pretty phenomenal and perhaps one of the few redeemable things about this monca.

One does clearly see that she is outright perverted in her intentions. This contributes so that Suzanne gives some credit to Fr. Lemoine and starts to follow his advice. Everything in the convent changes and regains, at least formally, some of its religious fervor.